User Reviews of the Best AI Presentation Makers (February 2024)

Daniel Li
6 min readFeb 22, 2024

There are dozens of AI tools to help you make better presentations. This post summarizes thousands of user reviews across all of the tools so you can decide which one is best for you.

Methodology

To summarize all of these user reviews, we followed the following process:

  1. Create a list of the most popular AI presentation makers
  2. Find user reviews (ideally verified) of each software tool
  3. Summarize quantitative metrics (i.e., number of reviews, rating)
  4. Summarize qualitative pros and cons
  5. Highlight specific reviews that represent how users feel about the product

Unfortunately, this is not a perfect process because some of the apps exist on marketplaces with a standardized review process while other apps only have reviews on pay-for-review platforms.
Overall, however, this provides a good view of the strengths and weaknesses of the different AI presentation apps.

Plus AI

Plus AI is a Google Slides add-on that adds an AI copilot directly into Google Slides. Customers love the integration with Google Slides, and they report that the AI outputs are good for most professional slide use cases.

Pros

  • Integration with Google Slides, ability to use with existing slides and templates
  • High-quality AI outputs

Cons

  • Users report forgetting to cancel free trial
  • AI-selected images were basic or not relevant

User quotes

  • “The integration into Google slides is seamless. It feels like something that should have been there all along!”
  • “If you use Google Slides a lot, I highly recommend giving Plus AI a try.”
  • Read more reviews on Google Workspace Marketplace

Beautiful.ai

Beautiful.ai is a PowerPoint replacement that makes it easier to create slides using pre-configured templates. They added AI content generation to the tool as well to make it even easier to use.

Pros

  • Easy to create presentations with nice styling
  • Team members who are less familiar with PowerPoint can collaborate

Cons

  • Difficult to customize and make adjustments to pre-built slide types
  • Expensive, with monthly plans starting at $40–50 per user per month

User quotes

  • “I develop 30–40 slides within a few hours with universal styling and by comparison, that would take me 1.5 days in PowerPoint”
  • “Occasionally, you want to nudge something and the template does not allow for that.”
  • Read more reviews on Capterra

Slides AI

Slides AI is a Google Slides add-on that allows users to create presentations using AI. While it is a freemium product, users report low-quality AI outputs and difficulties canceling their subscriptions.

Pros

  • Freemium product to try out AI presentations
  • Integrated with Google Slides

Cons

  • Low-quality AI outputs
  • Users report being unable to cancel their subscriptions

User quotes

  • “the results that this pools produces are so rudimentary :) maybe if my parents needed to make a slide deck it would impress them.”
  • “I have been trying to cancel this subscription for 4 months still getting charged and no return email. Very frustrated please cancel.”
  • Read more reviews on Google Workspace Marketplace

Tome

Tome is a next-generation “storytelling” app that helps users turn text into beautiful designs and layouts. While some users love the aesthetic of “tomes,” other users say the AI features are not worth the hype, and it’s difficult to export to other document formats.

Pros

  • Unique design aesthetic
  • Easy to build and edit slides

Cons

  • Inflexible designs. Not compatible with other presentation software
  • AI is not as good as marketing videos show

User quotes

  • “Love!!! Super intuitive drag and drop, sleek design, and a huge time saver with with Figma embed. An added bonus of responsive design — finally no more squinting and pinching and re-positioning”
  • “Nice ads, but totally useless product. Basically it is a scam to get you pay for a year subscription, nothing more.”
  • Read more reviews on Product Hunt

Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft Copilot is the name of Microsoft AI chatbot that is now integrated across the Microsoft productivity suite. Users say it is very helpful in communication apps like Teams and Outlook, but less helpful in PowerPoint.

Pros

  • Integrated with Microsoft productivity suite, ability to use Copilot across multiple tools
  • Best for Email and Teams right now

Cons

  • Low quality AI outputs for PowerPoint — repetitive outputs and limited layout options
  • Chatbot provides inaccurate answers

User quotes

  • “For people who don’t use many of the newer features, like Designer and stock photos, it is going to impress”
  • “It’s a mess and not anywhere close to adding value”
  • Read more reviews on Gartner

Duet AI

Duet AI is the name of Google’s AI productivity tool. Unfortunately, it does not yet work to create a Google Slides presentation. The only feature that is available in Google Slides is providing a prompt to generate an AI image.

Pros

  • Integrated with Google productivity suite, ability to use subscription in multiple tools

Cons

  • Basic, low-quality AI outputs.
  • Confusion around Google AI products (e.g., Duet, Gemini, Bard)

User quotes

  • “Despite the cost, and it’s the worst AI model I’ve seen so far”
  • Read more user reviews on Reddit

Decktopus

Decktopus is another standalone app that competes with Beautiful.ai and others as a PowerPoint replacement. Users like the templates and ability to quickly get started on a new presentation but say the AI outputs are not as good as other tools, and the decks are not compatible with other presentation tools.

Pros

  • Easy to create and edit presentations
  • Many templates to get started

Cons

  • Not compatible with other document formats (PowerPoint exports are not editable)
  • AI outputs are not as good as other tools

User quotes

  • “It has made it much easier (and faster) to create presentations for my classes. It has saved me hours of work I used to spend finding images, formatting slides, and what have you.”
  • “The AI functionality is dreadful — the more descriptive the input, the worse the output gets. It’s not usable, even as an aid to get started with a deck.”
  • Read more reviews on G2

Canva

Canva is primarily known for its design tools that can help people quickly create ads, brochures, flyers, and more. They also have a presentation tool that uses the Canva interface, but there is a limited amount of online chatter about the tool.

Pros

  • Great templates and visual designs
  • Images and graphics look professional

Cons

  • Low quality AI content
  • Not as customizable as PowerPoint or Google Slides

User quotes

  • Read more reviews on Software Advice
  • (Note: Most of these reviews are for Canva’s general purpose design tool)

Conclusion — The best tool for you?

If you’re reading this article, you are probably trying to figure out the best tool for you. Here’s how we’d summarize our findings based on reading all of the user reviews!

  • If you are a PowerPoint or Google slides user… Try the Plus AI free trial
  • If you are looking for a PowerPoint replacement… Try the Beautiful.ai free trial
  • If you want the prettiest presentations… Try Tome or Canva (depending on your aesthetic)

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Daniel Li

Founder of Plus, a tool to help people easily capture, see, and share data. Formerly a VC at Madrona Venture Group. Writing about startups and investing